Mustang wool market saved
Mustang farmers are thrilled that the fleece (wool) felled from the yak body has been secured to get to market. After Nepalese pashmina industrialists opened a pashmina collection center in Charang, Damodarkund Logekar village in Mustang, it was assured that the wool would find a market. The wasted cannabis wool should be put to good use, farmers will earn an income and help replace the imported raw material for pashmina.
Nepal Pashmina Growers Association has opened a collection center in Charang to produce pashmina yarn by processing the local raw material (wool). Dhan Prasad Lamichhane, president of the association, said the yarn was produced by processing local wool as an alternative to imported raw material from Mongolia and China.
“We opened a fiber recycling plant in Kathmandu in Nepal to process local wool,” he said.
The team of Utsav Khanal, Biju Shakya, Bhim Sherchan and engineer Vivekananda Mishra led by Lamichhane returned to Kathmandu on Tuesday after interacting with Damodarkund Loghekar and representatives of Lomantang village people and Changrapalak farmers. The association has sent a representative to Manang to explore the possibility of producing wool from tiana and will immediately visit Dolpa, Mugu and Humla districts.
Nepal exports Rs 3 billion worth of pashmina per year and imports 195 tons of pashmina yarn per year. Engineer Mishra, who also produces pashmina, said that if Mustang wool could be processed, yarn imports could be reduced by 30 percent.
Mustang farmers are not producing wool because of the lack of market certainty. There was the problem of not getting to market even after harvesting 30 percent of the wool. During the Corla Naka International Fair on the border with Tibet, Chinese traders brought their wool.
Because of Corona, wool worth millions of rupees could not be sold for the past two years due to the lack of a fair. Tessie Bisht of Lomanthang expressed satisfaction with the fair price and market for wasted wool. Preparations are underway to establish another collection center in Lomanthang to sell the wool to farmers. An agreement has been reached to collect the wool that the farmers bring to the center and then take it to Kathmandu.
According to the association, the raw wool will be purchased at an average price of Rs 4,500 per kg. The monthly Vaishakh Jet is a yam to remove the wool from the yak’s body. The skin and dung of the Himali Changra, known for its meat, are also for sale. Khanal, a pashmina industrialist, said that to increase the amount of cannabis, grass cultivation, storage, vaccination should be done to manage food in winter.
Yak wool is the raw material to produce class (A) pashmina. Changra wool is considered to be of higher quality than sheep and goat wool. Farmers in Muktinath, Kagbeni, Chhusang, Jomsom, Chaile, Gami, Charang, Lomantang and other places in Mustang are engaged in commercial agriculture.
Meanwhile, farmers in Upper Mustang have complained of losing premises under the Nepal Livestock Innovation Project (NLSIP), which is being implemented with the help of the World Bank to make Nepal self-sufficient in meat and milk. Pasang Bista, a farmer from Charang, said the procedure should be changed to include farmers from the Himalayan region.